The Montessori Philosophy
The Montessori Way is about more than rote repetition. It is a philosophy that encourages children to observe, and that facilitates learning environments in which teachers challenge each child to thrive using their own unique style of learning.
While there are more than four thousand Montessori schools in the United States, not all adhere to the true philosophies of Dr. Maria Montessori, the founder of this innovative learning method. Dr. Montessori’s research and methods have become an essential tool for how children in the 21st century learn and grow and we are proud to follow in her footsteps.
What Is the Montessori Philosophy?
Dr. Maria Montessori’s legacy and deeply influential work started in 1907 when she opened her first school and has grown rapidly as more than 4,000 schools now bear her name in the United States alone.
Her approach was and is still today innovative, addressing every aspect of growth through physical, cognitive, social, emotional and spiritual means. The goal of a Montessori education is not to drill and memorize but to develop the skills and habits that facilitate a lifetime love for learning.
Teachers are more than guardians – they are partners in the self-directed education of their students. Every child’s interests are heard, helping them to develop greater confidence and self-learn in ways that traditional daycares, preschools and public schools do not support.
The Montessori Way
As an introduction to learning, Montessori education goes above and beyond traditional daycare and childcare providers, targeting the developmental needs of infants, toddlers, preschool age children, and children in lower elementary (Grades 1-3) and upper elementary (Grades 4-6) schools. As children learn to observe and interact with their environments, they are challenged in new and exciting ways that match their specific style of learning.
There is no single measure of intelligence. Children develop and nurture their own brand of intelligence and Montessori education respects that individuality in ways traditional education cannot. Once freed from stress, given room and encouragement to explore, and introduced to resources needed to do so, children can flourish.
This is what Schoolhouse Montessori Academy strives to provide for every child in our schools, giving parents the peace of mind knowing their children love learning.
To learn more about Montessori philosophy and pedagogy, visit http://www.amshq.org/